Oba Of Benin Oba Ewaure II Disassociates Himself And His Palace From Insults To Buhari
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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewaure II, has dissociated himself and his Palace from an alleged insult aimed at the President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is in response
to a trending video on social media anchored by one Eranomigho Edegbe, who
hurled invectives at Buhari, claiming he had the authority of the monarch to do so.
In a press statement issued yesterday by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr Frank Irabor, the monarch described the item as “fake news” and also condemned the aspersion cast on the persons of the sacked National Chairman of APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and business mogul, Capt. Hosa Okunbo, in the same video.
The statement went further to clarify that the relationship that existed between the Palace and the President which dates back to his days as the head of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), was still being maintained and that it would not only continue to pray for the well-being of the President, but would also continue to pray for the success of his administration.
The statement read:
“ For the purpose of clarification, and to set the record straight, His Royal Majesty wishes to make it categorically and irrevocably clear that the said video and the contents therein was not commissioned nor was it encouraged by the Oba.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the malicious attacks on the integrity of the President and all other persons whom the video seek to malign.
“We wish to state unequivocally that our love for the President is unparalleled as the relationship shared date back to days of the late Oba Erediauwa, the immediate past Oba of Benin, which has been extended to the present monarch.
“We also wish to state that Oshiomhole has always respected not just the traditional institutions in Edo, but also the Palace of the Oba of Benin. His affection for our father who adopted the Comrade as a son is well known. This relationship was also further reinforced during his tenure as the Governor of Edo State.
“Capt. Hosa Okunbo is an illustrious son of the Palace of the Oba of Benin; thus, there can be nothing but goodwill and positive prayers for this distinguished son of Benin Kingdom.
“These utterances and behaviour of Edegbe and his cohorts show that they are not happy and comfortable with the cordial relationship between the Palace of the Oba of Benin and the Presidency.
“Furthermore, it shows that some disgruntled elements like Edegbe have deep animosity against Oshiomhole and Okunbo.”
In conclusion the Oba warned that any further attempt to bring it into disrepute, “shall be met stiffly within the parameters of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the traditional processes of the Benin kingdom.”